On Wednesday 5th April Marthe and Billy from PKAVS Carers Hub team attended the Dunkeld & Birnam Tourist Association Quarterly Members Meeting held at the newly renovated Dunkeld House Hotel. Brenda Roddy, Chair of the Association and owner of Jessie Macs Hostel very kindly invited PKAVS to speak about the work of the Carers Hub and Respitality project to local Members.
Respitality is a play on the word Respite - a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or tiring and Hospitality – the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests which Scotland is renowned for!
The idea is for hospitality providers to become Respitality Partners by donating gifts which enable a carer and companion to have a short break away from their demanding caring responsibilities and to recharge their batteries.
The Respitality project was introduced to Scotland by Shared Care Scotland in 2014 and has now expanded to include Angus, Dumfries & Galloway, Dundee, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Midlothian, North & South Lanarkshire and in 2016 Perth and Kinross joined.
Since then staff have been working hard to build relationships with local businesses to encourage them to become Respitality Partners. Members present at the Dunkeld & Birnam Tourist Association Meeting were very welcoming to the concept of Respitality and gift pledges were made from Jessie Macs, The Birnam Arts Institute, The Scottish Deli, Big Tree Campervans, Merryburn B&B, Professional Storyteller Lindsey Gibb, Outdoor Explore and Dunkeld Holidays.
Pictured are Brenda & Dot from Jessie Macs and Simon from The Scottish Deli and Big Tree Campervans.
This warm welcome is an amazing testament to Dunkeld & Birnam’s commitment to their local community and unpaid carers. Thank you for your support!
If you are interested in becoming a Respitality Partner and would like to make a gift to this project please contact Marthe on 01738 567076 or Marthe.Handling@pkavs.org.uk
If you are a carer and would like to apply for a Respitality gift please click here to download an application form or contact Marthe to discuss in more detail.
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